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a special day for the bay area has portuguese community. >> in sausalito, a celebration of the holy spirit in front of the portuguese cultural center including the queens from the center and releasing the does in honor of the holy spirit in a member remembrance of portugal's queen isabel, known for generosity and devotion. this event has been observed since 1886, even before the existence of sausalito. >> very cool. tonight, a bipartisan breakthrough at last, a plan to avert a debt ceiling disaster
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the president speaking tonight. rifles admit ing admitting is what does the agreement mean for americans who receive food assistance for veterans, taxpayers? your questions answered tonight the rush to get home after a relatively successful start to the holiday weekend at airports and on the roads friday, now millions are packing up for the long trip home from the beach and beyond what you need to know before you head out. shootout at a memorial day motorcycle rally a fight between rival motorcycle gangs, leaving at least three dead and more injured. in ukraine, the heaviest night of drone attacks yesterday. grand theft auto in one major city. a car is stolen every 48 minutes now cancer researchers, yes, cancer researchers are using their expertise in mining data to help police recover stolen cars all aboard after americans abandoned ships during
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the covid era, millions are returning to cruises now some luxury lines are running above 100% capacity again plus, paying tribute to those who served voices rising in remembrance at the grand ol' opry >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening the president addressing the country tonight saying a deal he made with house speaker kevin mccarthy is good news for americans. it was a last-minute compromise designed to keep the u.s. economy and by extension the world's economy from a potentially devastating collapse today we've learned more about the deal worked out on saturday to extend america's current debt limit for two years so the u.s. would not default on its debts in june. the compromise puts limits on some federal spending but does not cut spending as much as republicans had wanted as the white house put it, no one gets everything they want. already, there are conservative republicans and progressive democrats who are not happy. what does it all mean
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for you? we start tonight with allie raffa in washington >> this deal is good news for the american people the agreement prevents the worst possible crisis, a default. >> reporter: tonight a long-awaited deal to lift the nation's debt ceiling. but the race to avert a potentially disastrous default is in many ways just beginning. >> we know at any time when you sit and negotiate within two parties that you got to work with both sides of the aisle >> reporter: president biden and house speaker kevin mccarthy finalized the deal on a phone call this evening, locking in a budget and debt limit increase until after the 2024 election but the agreement is a hard sale for some far right republicans and republicans. >> it is bad policy. i told the president that directly when he called me last week on wednesday that this is saying to poor people and people who are in need that we don't trust them >> if this is another round of
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sequestration, not only will i vote no, he will not be intimidated by june 5th. >> reporter: june 5th now the earliest estimated date the u.s. will no longer be able to pay its bills. >> it doesn't get everything everybody wanted. >> reporter: the deal calls for spending on most items next year to remain roughly the same with the exception of defense spending and veterans programs temporary changes to increase work requirements for people on food stamps, which democrats fiercely oppose. but there are no changes to medicaid, a priority for the president. a compromise also reached to make it easier for companies to receive permits for energy projects. >> the negotiations were intense they were quite challenging. the outcome of that is a fundamental shift in the spending trajectory in washington >> reporter: the deal will have to pass in both the house and senate before the president can sign it into law mccarthy vowing lawmakers will have three days to read the 150 page document before holding a vote. >> it could take as long as a week if
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republicans use all of the procedural tactics at their disposal. that of f course wouould resultlt in a default. >> it's too long. >> it's something we would never recover from. >> reporter: white house and republican officials now working the phones, trying to shore up as much support as possible from the middle of their parties before the house votes on the deal as early as wednesday. both sides confident they can pull this across the finish line in time. >> we did a conference call with our conference and over 95% were overwhelmingly excited about what they see. >> reporter: are you confident this deal will get to your desk? >> yes. >> allie joins us from the white house. to get this through, a lot has to happen quickly. >> reporter: that's right, kate. this agreement is just the first step of many the text of the bill will be released to members of congress before the public has a chance to read it house members return to washington on tuesday and could hold a vote on this as soon as wednesday. if it passes in the house, it then heads to the senate for a vote before the president can sign it into law all of this has to happen in the
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next eight days, kate. >> all right allie raffa at the white house for us, thank you. it has been relatively smooth for travelers so far this memorial day weekend, but experts are warning the skies and the roads could be jam packed tomorrow with millions of travelers heading back home emilie ikeda is on the road with them >> reporter: from crowded boardwalks in coney island to an air show in miami beach and barbecues in wisconsin, the unofficial start to summer has travelers crisscrossing the country. >> it does look like summer i like >> reporter: aaa estimates more than 42 million americans are traveling this memorial day weekend, from the roadway to the runway, more than 2.7 million travelers taking flight friday alone, numbers not seen since 2019. it's a sign, experts say, of what is to come this summer season >> i think people are just excited to be with family again. >> reporter: prices for domestic flights, rental cars, and gas have improved from last year but
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the overall cost of travel is up 18% compared to before the pandemic while lines snake through airports in denver, chicago, and atlanta on friday -- >> i feel like you should get here three hours before not two hours. >> reporter: transportation secretary pete buttigieg tweeting, flight cancellation rates remained below 1% this weekend in sharp contrast to last summer's airport armageddon. >> it is the middle of the holiday weekend. it was a lot smoother. maybe it'll be busier tomorrow. >> reporter: another stress test is on deck tomorrow as people gear up to head home are you worried at all about traffic returning home >> yes. >> yes very much. >> reporter: on the road, aaa is warning travelers leaving tomorrow afternoon to brace for bottlenecks, in some cases worse than friday. >> we're doing a bit more sitting than moving. >> reporter: drivers returning to new york, boston, tampa, and seattle could see travel time nearly double, prompting some to get a head start >> i want to beat the traffic. >> reporter: do you think there is going to be a lot of traffic tomorrow >> yes, oh, yes.
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>> emilie joins us now from new jersey. so for those heading home tomorrow, what are some tips? what do we keep in mind >> kate, expert says the key is to leave before 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, because in the afternoon, major roadways like to garden state parkway here could look a bit more like a parking lot. for those taking flight, make sure you arrive in plenty of time to get through security, and if you can, avoid checking a bag. kate >> emilie ikeda, thank you. at least three people were killed in a northern new mexico resort town after a mass shooting saturday. authorities are blaming rival biker gangs at an annual motorcycle rally there with thousands of people in attendance steve patterson has the latest >> reporter: tonight the main street mass shooting in new mexico three people are dead, five injured after police say rival biker gangs opened fire at a popular motorcycle rally. >> all eight individuals have been identified as outlaw motorcycle gang members. the bandidos and the second is a group called the water dogs. >> reporter: the
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gunfire breaking out saturday evening in red river, a small resort town at the southern end of the rocky mountains. police believe it is a continuation of an ongoing squabble between rival gangs. >> it was a confrontation of some sort that we are still trying to look into in albuquerque. and that spilled over to here. it started with words initially then turned into a fight which then turned to shots fired. >> reporter: the mayor saying all involved were quickly arrested, including 30-year-old jacob castillo who state police say has been charged with murder >> the shooters have all been apprehended there is no threat to the community at all >> reporter: new mexico's governor tweeting, my thoughts are with the red river community following this violent incident this weekend's shooting comes less than two weeks after three people were killed and six injured in farmington, new mexico according to the gun violence archive there have been 253 mass shootings this year. the annual red river memorial rally typically ushers in about 30,000 people, filling the town's main street
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with food, music, and fumes now the very heart of what should have been a celebration is transformed into another crime scene. steve patterson, nbc news overseas now, the long-term president of turkey is declaring victory after a close and bitterly contested race recep tayyip erdogan has held power for two decades now, and his victory would have huge implications for that key u.s. alley. matt bradley has late details. >> reporter: tonight after two decades in power, turkey's president erdogan has won yet again. today the only winner is turkey erdogan said in his victory speech turkish election officials calling the election for the incumbent, defeating his opponent kemal kilicdaroglu by a margin of about 4% president biden acknowledging erdogan's victory, congratulating him over twitter so this is a run-off presidential election so voters here just get one choice erdogan versus his
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opponent -- kilimaauea continuity or change it was a consequential vote closely watched by the entire world. erdogan's win will allow him to continue challenging american policy in the middle east and europe where he has long played east against west. >> quite a significant person the citizens of turkey believe that the west doesn't like turkey >> reporter: for nearly half of turkish voters, erdogan's win is a victory for autocracy. he's expanded his control over the government and the media after he survived a violent coup attempt in 2016 and faced strong criticism of his response to an earthquake earlier this year. but for the young people i spoke to in ankara, the capital, there is only one issue on the ballot, the economy. >> my friends think they are not going to do well in turkey and they are looking forward to go abroad to europe. >> reporter: still, for many, particularly conservative muslims, erdogan is tried and tested
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>> he is already over 20 years he is a proven candidate. >> reporter: matt bradley, nbc news, ankora. in ukraine officials there accusing russia of unleashing the biggest drone attack against kyiv since the war began. just hours before the city's annual celebration of its founding molly hunter has more on the ground there molly, a dangerous night, but also it shows how much the war has changed. >> reporter: yeah, kate, that's right in the capital city the air defenses are working, but it can still be dangerous overnight the air raid alert lasted about five hours, much longer than normal but ukrainian officials are saying the air force shot down almost every single shot, more than 50 fired at once against kyiv and across the country. when the interceptions happen and we actually hear those explosions, fragments or debris fall to the ground here in kyiv officials say one person was killed and one injured and several fires broke out around the city. the ukrainian military
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says russia is ramping up the aerial attacks to identify and exhaust air defenses and also say they are targeting military assets and critical infrastructure, but, kate, civilians are still paying the price. >> molly hunter, thank you. at the vatican pope francis held mass this morning for the first time since he cleared his schedule due to a fever on friday the pope delivering pentecost mass in st. peter's basilica, and praying for cyclone victims in south asia, along with people impacted by the war in ukraine. yesterday the pope resumed his regular appointments even meeting with film director martin scorsese. still ahead tonight, cruises at capacity as summer travel roars back what to know before you go to sea. also, the high-tech way police are partrtnering to crack dodown o on car ththieves in o one major city
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this summer travel season is set to be one for the record books and after covid left cruise ships all but empty more and more people are turning to cruises for their vacations. but be warned sometimes the ships are overbooked here is aaron gilcrest >> reporter: this summer, americans are filling cruise ships to capacity. it's a remarkable recovery from last year when the cruise industry was struggling to rebound after the pandemic but it's not always smooth sailing retiree diane gainey was looking forward to a family cruise around japan in september >> i got an email
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around the end of april saying that they overbooked, sorry, and either you can cancel your trip or you can rebook for october -- september/october of 2024 >> reporter: as cruise lines work to keep up with demand, some customers like diane say they are paying the price. what is it going to cost you >> about $6,000. the air fare and the hotel in tokyo. >> reporter: in a statement to nbc news, royal caribbean group, which owns celebrity cruises, said ultimately the guest has the choice to move or remain on their sailing, adding the option is completely voluntary, but diane says she was never given the option to stay royal caribbean and norwegian cruise lines say their occupancy rates went above 100% in the first quarter of this year with carnival close behind. >> cruise ships typically pre-pandemic always operated at 103% to 107%, so it's very normal.
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>> reporter: travel agent sonya bhagwan recently went on a cruise to the mexican riviera with her family and says the crowds didn't bother her. what advice would you give somebody thinking about a cruise >> book it as far in advance as you can for cruises you can book them two years out. >> reporter: diane did book a year and a half out and got travel insurance, but that only covered issues on her end like death or illness. no coverage for cancellations. >> i'm very angry. >> reporter: in the meantime she'll have to wait for her second chance to go on that trip in 2024 aaron gilcrest, nbc news we're back in a moment with scary new video of a car flipping over at the indy 500 today with a wheel flying toward the crowd. plus the surprising way police in portland are cracking down on car thieves.
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we are back with terrifying new video from the indy 500 today. driver kyle kirkwood's car flipped upside down sliding away as a wheel flew above the crowd.
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it landed on this car in the parking lot outside. kirkwood later tweeted he was fine. in the end driver josef newgarden took his first checkered flag at the indy after he overtook last year's winner on the last lap police in portland, oregon are cracking down on car thieves across the city but doing it with surprising partners, cancer researchers our portland affiliate kgw reports for us tonight. >> are they running? >> i got them. through the intersection almost t-boned. >> reporter: in portland, oregon police are conducting special operations their mission, track down stolen cars and arrest those responsible. >> through the intersection, just collided. >> reporter: in recent years, portland, like many cities across the country, has seen an increase in the number of stolen cars on average, a vehicle is ripped off every 48 minutes in portland. not only does that stolen car create a real headache for the owner, but officers say stolen vehicles are often connected to other crimes
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adding to the problem? >> through a red just got tagged by another car. >> reporter: the bad guys often elude police. >> still continuing westbound on fremont. >> reporter: so to help tackle this growing issue portland police turned to data science in the same way sports teams use analytics and companies optimize performance. >> it's a process. that's what we're learning here is how to use our data in a process that helps us do better work with less resources. >> reporter: portland police created special stolen vehicle operations the idea is to flood an area with police along with an airplane above to make traffic stops and arrests. to some degree, it worked but officers knew there had to be a better way so they turned to the data the idea was to find out how veteran officers identified stolen vehicles then translate into a formula to help others working these special missions officers started tracking elements present on every stop
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of a stolen vehicle. in all, nearly 100 factors were put into a data base and analyzed these included physical characteristics of the vehicle and vehicle driving behavior importantly, nothing about the driver's racial profile these elements are called enrichment factors, essentially hallmarks of a stolen vehicle. for example, a missing license plate, broken window, no lights, and abnormal lane changes. as the theory goes, the more enrichment factors, the more likely it is a stolen car. >> when we look at a vehicle like this, you look at the fact there are no plates on the vehicle. their driving was erratic and inappropriate. that is another factor that made them realize it and then when they tried to initiate a traffic stop it ran. it eluded. >> reporter: right. >> so stolen car. >> reporter: it all adds up. >> correct correct. then the driver also has a warrant for his arrest. >> reporter: to better understand the numbers portland police turned to an unlikely partner -- cancer researchers at oregon health sciences university who specialize in big data after almost a year in practice, the data science appears to be
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helping officers work more effectively previously officers at portland's east precinct recovered one stolen vehicle for every 31 stops now they're recovering one stolen vehicle for every five stops >> we'll be asked to do more better with less and working smarter. >> reporter: police in portland, oregon hope data science can help break this cycle of stolen vehicles and lead to new ways of policing in the future kyle iboshi for nbc news. when we come back how an army veteran and his wife are using music to inspire this memorial day, a story you will not want to miss, from the grand ole opry in nashville.
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there is good news tonight on this memorial day weekend about veterans honoring those who were lost and coming together to support each other what better place to do that than the grand ole opry
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>> live from nashville, tennessee, this is a special edition of "the grand ole opry" as opry salutes the troops >> reporter: it was an evening to celebrate hope, unity, and dedication to country. ♪ god bless the u.s.a. ♪ >> reporter: the legendary venue last week rolling out the red carpet for its annual memorial day salute the troops show honoring those who dedicated their lives in service to the country. including army veteran michael trotter jr. ♪ o say can you see ♪ >> reporter: he and his wife tanya are known as a country duo the warren treaty. >> to see them on the red carpet smiling and shaking hands was awesome. >> reporter: for them, this performance was personal. >> thank you for making this day so special. i am a wounded warrior. i served two tours [ applause ]
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in iraq, the united states army. >> reporter: michael, overcome with emotion, remembering fellow service members who never made it home ♪ how sweet the sound ♪ >> reporter: like many veterans, he is still working through his grief. >> he needed love and he needed compassion and he needed empathy >> i get very emotional. >> yes. >> it is a period of my life where other than marrying my wife and having children, that is the best thing i've ever done in my life is serve our country. >> reporter: united through music. ♪ his truth keeps marching on ♪ >> reporter: and grateful for the sacrifices of the nation's heroes. ♪ on ♪
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♪ [ applause ] >> thank you so much >> michael told us music can heal and it can unite. he says music has given him every great thing in his life. that is "nbc nightly news." tom llamas will be with you tomorrow. i'm kate snow. for all of us here, stay safe. have a great night ♪ god bless the usa ♪ >> come on now right now at 6:00, it's back. carnivale takes over the streets of san fr

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